Career in the Textile Industry: An Overview

With the growth in the textile industry over the years, new avenues have opened up for people looking forward to pursue a career in this sector. The sector offers a broad range of career options including fashion designing, textile engineering, fabric development management, press operating, knitting and many more. Climbing up the ladder, a professional in this field can earn up to several lakh of rupees. Given below are few career options which exist in this field.

Fashion Designing

As Indian fashion is gaining popularity worldwide, the demand for fashion designers has gone up by leaps and bounds. Fashion designing is one of the most glamorous, lucrative and appealing careers in this sector. A fashion designer has to be creative and must have good communication skills to understand the requirement of the client. He/She has to know what others are creating to stay ahead in the competition. Institutions like NIFT and NIFD impart quality education in fashion designing and churn out thousands of students each year.

The duties of a fashion designer include regular meetings with executives to review design ideas, selecting the right fabric for the design, supervising the stitch work and holding trials with in-house models. A fashion designer has to select and prepare the right models for showcasing their designs. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri and Wendell Rodricks are some of the prominent fashion designers of India.

Textile Engineer

A textile engineer has to design and control all aspects of yarn, fiber and textile process. In textile engineering, one learns about the various principles of scientific and engineering methodologies which are then implemented for producing textile fabrics. Textile engineers not only develop new methods of production, but also work on improving the current textile fibers. Students willing to pursue a career in textile engineering must have science in 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as their core subjects. Textile engineers are employed by both private and government organizations.

Fabric Development Manager

A fabric development manager is responsible for research, development and application of fabrics chosen by designers. Apart from this, a fabric development manager also has to look for mill development partners and sign agreements with them. He/She also needs to create awareness regarding the design and fabric created by competitors. A fabric development manager must have knowledge on mills and vendor agreements along with understanding about knitting and weaving. The person should possess immense project management skills.

Frame Spinner

A frame spinner is one who operates the machine which spins the fibers into yarns. A frame spinner may operate one machine or several machines simultaneously. He has to twist ends of the yarn, clean the machine and also repair breaks in the ropes of the fiber.

Screen Printer & Merchandiser

A screen printer is in charge of printing images on finished products using machines. A merchandiser chooses and purchases cloth for their retail employers to sell in respective stores.